The 2018 Winter Olympic Games, taking place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have already been filled with a number of headline moments since the games began on February 9th. Notable names — like Ivanka Trump and Mike Pence — have attended, gold medals have been handed out to top athletes, and there are more memorable stories to come until the end of the games on February 28th.
Unfortunately, not all headlines from this year’s Olympics have been positive.
On Thursday, February 15th, Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer crashed during a quarterfinal race, stated USA Today Sports. Schairer, 30, reportedly landed on his upper back/neck area after jumping through the air.
As a result of the crash, his neck broke. According to a statement from the Austrian Olympic Committee, the snowboarder fractured his 5th cervical.
Thankfully, doctors assured there will be no permanent damage. After the crash, he completed the race, but came in last place. Before the fall, he was in 4th place.
Following the crash, the professional snowboarder shared a picture of him in a neck brace on social media. In his post, he said he had "more than one guardian angel" looking out for him that day, and additionally, expressed his appreciation for all the support he received.
A video of the crash was released, which shows the wreck in slow motion. Viewers can see Schairer fall to the ground as his opponents rush ahead of him toward the finish line.
Previously, he has competed in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, as well as other snowboarding competitions. USA Today reported that he has suffered multiple injuries in the past including broken ribs.
This comes shortly after an American winter Olympic athlete was involved in a terrifying crash. She was sent to the hospital but is reportedly in good condition.
Please keep Markus Schairer in your prayers as he recovers! In other recent news, disturbing details emerged about the Parkland high school shooter.